The Advisory Board guides the strategic direction of UTS Business School and helps inspire the transformation of our teaching and research programs so they meet the demands for knowledge and leadership in the businesses of the future.
Board members – some of them UTS alumni – come from the top echelons of business and represent sectors as diverse as financial services, management consulting, technology and the creative industries.
Among its roles, the board gives the Business School insight into the needs of external partners from industry, government and the community. Its members also act as advocates, ensuring the school’s messages resonate with industry
Advisory Board members
Scott Wharton is Commonwealth Bank’s Group Executive Program Delivery. He commenced this role on 23 August 2019, and is responsible for managing the interdependencies and driving the implementation of major Group-wide programs to manage risk and simplify the business.
Scott has nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry globally, having worked in Australia, the USA and Hong Kong with broad knowledge of technology, operations, risk and finance.
Scott joined CBA in 2016 from Citigroup in New York where he was Managing Director and Global Head of Enterprise Supply Chain, and before that Citigroup’s Hong Kong-based Regional Head of Productivity & Corporate Services. Prior to Citigroup, he worked in financial services in Hong Kong and Sydney.
Scott is currently the Chair of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School’s Advisory Board, a board member of Supply Nation (the Australian supplier diversity council) and was previously an Advisory Board member of Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from UTS, an Executive MBA from INSEAD and an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Jenny is a Founding Partner of Crestone Wealth Management, an employee owned Wealth Advisory firm, focused on high net worth, family offices and not for profits, with $17b under management, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Crestone was established in 2016 with Heritage dating back to 1933 via UBS Wealth and Potter Warburg.
Jenny focuses on constructing tailored diversified portfolios that protect and enhance wealth, taking advantage of opportunities identified across all asset classes, offering strategic input across domestic and international fixed income, hybrids, equities, exchange traded funds and managed funds.
Having achieved a Bachelor of Economics, Honours with Distinction at Sydney University, Jenny started her career in 1995 at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, identifying trade ideas for institutional fixed income managers. From CBA she moved to ABN AMRO in 2000, before subsequently establishing a fixed income desk for the firm’s private wealth division, ABN AMRO Morgans in 2004. In 2010 she moved across to UBS Wealth Management to meet the needs of her increasingly diverse client base.
Jenny has a created a history of successful, dynamic, tailored and highly diversified portfolios by applying her extensive market and credit research experience along with her specialist knowledge of macroeconomics and econometric modelling.
Jenny is a member of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Investment Committee and committee member for the Apostleship of the Sea, Australia – the Catholic Church’s Missionary work to the Seafarers whether they be on merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels.
Maria Atkinson AM
An environmental scientist by training, Maria Atkinson was co-founder of the Green Building Council of Australia and has strong links to many organisations with a sustainability focus. She is a director of XO Pty Ltd, which targets investments that are intended to generate measurable social or environmental impact. She is also a director of The Ethics Centre, The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, The US Studies Centre and The Holicm Foundation. Maria is a UTS alumna and was awarded the UTS Alumni Award for Excellence in 2009.
Christopher Chong was the CEO of HSBC James Capel (now known as HSBC Securities), an executive director of Kay Hian James Capel (now UOB Kay Hian), and a multi award analyst before co-founding ACH Investments in Singapore. Christopher has previously served on the boards of companies in Australia, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and Singapore. Christopher currently serves as audit committee chairman and/or independent director of 6 public companies listed on the Australian and Singapore stock exchanges
Christopher has a BSc (1st) Econ from the University College of Wales, a MBA from the London Business School and was on the Dean’s Honor List during his special secondment to the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, a fellow of: the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs; the Australian Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Australian Institute of Company Directors & the Singapore Institute of Directors; and a Master Stockbroker of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association of Australia.
Professor Ali Dastmalchian is the dean of the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada since 2016. Prior to that Ali was the professor of organization studies and international business at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. He previously served as dean of the Gustavson School of Business from 2002 to 2012. During his tenure he oversaw the naming of both the School and its graduate programs, launched its PhD and MGB programs, and helped it achieve both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Ali had held several academic leadership positions, including dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge from 1997 to 2002.
An award-winning teacher, facilitator, and researcher, Dastmalchian has held faculty positions and visiting appointments at universities across Europe, North America and Asia, and taught in undergraduate, graduate and executive programs across the globe. He has served as chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, and is currently president and chair of the Board of Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) Research and Education Foundation, a world-renowned research project on culture and leadership conducted in 62 countries.
Peter Freedman AM
Peter Freedman is the Founder and Chairman of Freedman Group, an Australian design and manufacturing company that is one of the world’s leading producers of audio technology and home to some of the world’s premier pro audio brands: RØDE Microphones, SoundField, APHEX and Event Electronics. RØDE Microphones has won dozens of design and business excellence awards, including recognition as Australian Manufacturing Exporter of the Year in 2013. Today, RØDE Microphones’ innovations are designed and manufactured at their Sydney facility and, thanks to ongoing investment in capital and personnel, are the world number one audio solutions in several categories. Peter is passionate about fostering excellence in the performance industry and is both the principal individual supporter of the Sydney Festival, and a founding sponsor of the Walton Family Foundation’s new arts precinct in the United States, The Momentary. He is also a sponsor of Good Design Australia and a judge on the Network Ten television show, Australia By Design: Innovations. Peter’s interests in entrepreneurship, design, technology and creativity make him an ideal partner for UTS Business School.
He has been a director of a number of companies; both commercial organisations and not for profit community entities throughout Australia over the last 40 years. Jim also has extensive experience in the financial services and insurance industries where he worked in senior roles for the Royal and Sun Alliance Group of companies.
Of recent years he has engaged with indigenous Australians in the Kimberley region to assist with building expanding business models in the areas of Native Title law, accounting, heritage and social impact initiatives to enhance employment and build contemporary sustainable career outcomes.
Jim was Chairman of the Apex Foundation of Australia and the past National Chairman, and recently appointed Honorary Life Member, of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
In January 2012, Jim was awarded a ‘Member of the Order of Australia AM’ for services to the insurance industry, the Apex Clubs of Australia, the advancement of men’s health and support for the arts. In July 2019, Jim was appointed as a Adjunct Associate Professor to the Health Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney.
Kim Jacobs AM
Kim Jacobs is Managing Director and Founder of Inteq Limited, a specialist corporate, strategic and financial advisory house based in Sydney. He is a corporate lawyer with an MBA and has extensive experience both internationally and nationally in investment banking, strategic advice and planning, as well as financial management, M&A, IPOs, project finance and corporate governance.
Kim is Chairman of Online Media Holdings Limited, a social media content and analytics company and he holds and has held a number of other private and public company directorships. Kim also devotes much of his time to the not for profit sector. In addition to being a member of the UTS Business School Advisory Board, he is currently Chairman of Camp Quality and he was formerly President of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW Division), Non-Executive Director of the Weizmann Institute (Australia) and Shalom College. In 2016 Kim was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to business through a range of senior roles, to Australia-Israel relations, to higher education, and to the community.
Peter Kazacos OAM
Peter has over 40 years of business experience and expertise. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a company Director and as a sophisticated investor having amassed an extensive and successful cash, property, equities and derivatives portfolios.
Testament to Peter's experience are the current and past executive positions he has held, in particular his success as the founder and major shareholder of the Kaz Group Ltd; founder and major shareholder of Anittel Group Ltd (ASX:AYG); director and major shareholder of Kaz Capital Pty Ltd; and his prowess as a property investor and developer (director of Kaz Property). Prior to establishing KAZ, Peter had held a number of senior technical positions in the Australian IT industry, with leading Australian organisations
Don is the Program Executive for ING Asia based in Beijing, China. He is an experienced people and change leader within the financial services sector having been engaged across multiple countries including Australia, Asia and Europe. A deep understanding of technology combined with an innovative and disruptive approach to business has seen many successful transformations undertaken, including Australia, Italy, Poland, India and Thailand.
David is Managing Director at Long Lake Research Group, an independent investment research and advisory firm focused on innovation, agility and capital management. He is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School where he: coaches MBA student teams undertaking strategic consulting projects for corporate clients; delivers Masterclasses within the finance discipline; and participates in cross-faculty research on issues such as governance, soft power and culture. David also chairs the Advanced MBA industry engagement board and is a member of the UTS Faculty of Science Dean's Advisory Board.
David has spent around 25 years advising Australian and global institutional investors and corporations. He is a long-standing researcher, advisor and independent thinker in the telecommunications, media and technology industries, where innovation and global change dominate value creation. He has held analytical and leadership roles in some of Australia’s largest corporations and Wall Street investment banks. David's background includes roles as General Manager - Corporate Analysis at Telstra, Senior Communications Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Head of Equity Research at both Lehman Brothers and ING Investment Management. David holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Master of Business (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).
Lyn is a Non-Executive Director, Chair and CEO with more than 20 years’ leadership experience spanning banking, resources, transport, public-private partnerships, tourism and sport.
As CEO of Business Events Sydney, Lyn leads a global team of professionals spanning Europe, North America and Asia who are charged with securing international business events of strategic, economic and social benefit to Sydney, Australia. The organisation works across sectors which include infrastructure, science, technology, professional services, advanced manufacturing, education, research and health.
A Graduate of the AICD, Lyn is immediate Past President and Director - Australian Association of Convention Bureaux, Board Member - Committee for Sydney, Chair - Committee for Sydney Liveability Loveability Taskforce, Chair – Sydney Business Chamber Tourism and Cultural Taskforce, Co-Chair – Global Summit of Women 2018, Global Leadership Advisory Board Member – Destinations International and Trustee – Committee for Economic Development.
Lyn is one of the worlds most respected and influential figures in the business events industry, winning a number of accolades for her leadership, including Destinations International Humanitarian Award for her co-authored and published work with Dr Debroah Edwards and Dr Carmel Foley; Determining Business Events Legacies beyond the Tourism spend: An Australian Case Study 2013.
Lyn also collaborated with UTS, Deborah Edwards, Carmel Foley and Cheryl Malone on the publication: The Power of Conferences: Stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change and also contributed to the Committee for Sydney’s publication: The Sydney Culture Essays.
Mark Maloney is Chairman and CEO of private investment company Intrepic. He led workforce and accommodation services company The MAC Services Group, a top 200 company, before its sale to an international buyer in 2010. He has also held senior positions with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney. He is a UTS Business School alumnus, graduating with a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in 1994.
Sharon is the Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge assets and venture capital. Sharon’s work has been published in top international academic journals, and is widely cited in the management field.
Her teaching interests are in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship, and she has taught extensively at the MBA, undergraduate, PhD and executive level. Sharon has served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior associate dean for faculty and research and academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School, and as a board member for nonprofit organizations such as the Strategic Management Society and MBA Women International (formerly Graduate Women in Business [GWIB]). She is the 2014 recipient of the Leeds School’s William H. Baughn Distinguished Service award, and has also received awards for her research, teaching and service to her profession. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Matusik worked in the field of consulting for seven years.
Edwina McCann has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media platforms. With more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury fashion market, Edwina is one of the most respected and highly regarded editors in the market. After starting her career as a fashion assistant at Vogue, Edwina moved onto fashion-related editorships at The Australian, WISH and Grazia before joining Harper’s Bazaar Australia as editor-in-chief.
Edwina has spearheaded the creation of the Australian Fashion Chamber to nurture and promote Australia’s fashion design community. She acts as chairperson of the AFC, which is recognised as a sister association of the British Fashion Council and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
In 2014 Edwina was named in the Business of Fashion 500, a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry. Edwina is passionate about her role on the Gold Committee, which raises funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Edwina joined the UTS Business School Advisory Board in 2014. In 2015, Edwina topped B&T’s list of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Australian Media.
Louise is a Non-Executive Director and advisor who works in strategy, digital and technology and has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia, the US and UK.
Her experience includes working in start-ups and corporates and building more than 30 digital businesses for companies such as McDonald’s, hp, British Gas, the ABC and the BBC. Louise was a member of the Federal Government’s Convergence Review which proposed a new approach to platform regulation. She holds board roles in healthcare, cybersecurity, academia, governance and arts.
Professor Bruce McKern is a researcher, writer, and speaker on corporate innovation and strategy and is currently Adjunct Professor in the UTS Business School of the University of Technology Sydney. He was recently Professor of International Business and Co-Director of the CEIBS Centre on China Innovation in the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, where he conducted a three-year research program on innovation in China. Bruce is a member of several international academic boards, a Mentor for the ON Prime Accelerator program of CSIRO and an early-stage investor with Sydney Angels.
His research interests focus on the strategies of international corporations, innovation strategy and national innovation ecosystems. He gained a BE in Chemical Engineering with Honours at the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in International Business at Harvard University. Bruce conducts executive sessions on strategy and innovation for many international companies and he is a frequent commentator in international media on issues of MNC strategy and China innovation.
Emlyn has over 25 years of financial and business development experience in Australia and Europe. He is the Managing Partner at CP Ventures, and early stage venture capital firm that invests in high growth tech companies globally. He is also a founder and director of OpenMarkets Group, Australia’s second largest digital trading platform, trading in excess of $3.5bn per month.
Emlyn was the CEO of the National Stock Exchange of Australia (ASX:NSX), Australia’s second largest listing stock exchange, for four and a half years. Prior to this he was Head of Business Development at LCH.Clearnet for equities and CFDs in London for nine years, the world’s largest independent clearing house.
He has four finance related degrees: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Masters Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (GDAFI) and a Bachelor of Economics (BEc).
Keryn has over 25 years’ experience as a finance and business management professional, specialising in financial markets. Her executive experience includes senior positions at ANZ and Macquarie Group, where during her 17 years Keryn held a number of roles in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group as well as in Finance. Keryn is currently consulting in the markets business at CBA. Keryn has acted as an advisor and leader on a range of significant issues and challenges facing financial markets businesses and has lead the positioning of these businesses to best respond to external challenges and in providing a framework for the successful delivery of change with a strong focus on business performance, risk and corporate governance.
Keryn is a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, qualified Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a UTS alumna.
James joined Westpac in March 2018 as General Manager Regulatory, Governance and Assurance. He has 15 years of financial services experience in Australia including over a decade at CBA where he held four key General Manager roles across First and Second lines. Prior to his Banking Career he was an Editor, Journalist and Country Risk specialist at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London and worked as a Senior Economist & Diplomat with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from Queen's University in Canada.
Max was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Pacific National, Australia’s largest rail freight company, in October 2018.
He was previously Chief Executive Officer of GE Australia in 2017-18, where the company has all of its business units represented - Aviation, Power, Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Digital and Healthcare. Prior to being appointed CEO, he led the GE Aviation business, comprising commercial engines, services and systems in ANZ & South East Asia, South Pacific, Hong Kong and India for various periods since 2003. He also worked in GE Aviation’s global Sales & Marketing HQ in Cincinnati, USA.
Max joined General Electric in 2000 after 18 years as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, reaching the rank of Commander. He specialised in combat systems and integrated logistics management, serving in various leadership roles afloat and ashore in Australia, Washington DC and the Persian Gulf.
Max holds bachelors and masters degrees in electronics and communications engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a graduate diploma in management from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Max is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Governor of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Business Council of Australia, the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Sydney Engineering Faculty, and the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council.